‘They told me she was coerced’: says Australian dad fighting to bring his daughter home from ISIS

Mariam Dabboussy married Kaled Zahab, her high-school sweetheart, soon after she turned 18. The third-generation Australian was born and raised in Sydney and worked at a migrant support service and in childcare. Within six years of getting married Mariam was in Syria and her husband was in an ISIS training camp.


It was mid-2015 when the couple went on holiday, travelling through Malaysia, Lebanon, Dubai and Turkey. Then, her father Kamalle Dabboussy told The National,...